Most of you may know this already while some may not but the hobs on our cookers are made from different materials. They each have their function and operate differently on our cookers.
In this article, we’re going to look at halogen hob pros and cons, difference between halogen and ceramic hobs, and induction hobs pros and cons.
What is a Halogen Hob?
The halogen hub is the type of hub that creates its heat with infrared lighting. This type of hub is made of ceramic that aids the cooktop in heating up in a matter of minutes so you don’t have to spend time waiting for them to heat up like electric hobs. There is no difference between the halogen and ceramic hobs as they can be termed the same thing because the halogen hob is made of ceramic.
This hob provides the same amount of instant heat as a gas cooker while it is powered by electricity and you can turn the heat up and down instantly. Halogen hubs generate their heat from infrared radiations and might sound dangerous but they’re perfectly safe as long as no one looks directly into the infrared light.
Pros and Cons of Halogen Hob
Here is a look at the advantage and disadvantage halogen hobs have over other types of hobs
- This hob is easy to clean like all ceramic made products.
- With this hob, you gain instant and adjustable heat just like gas
- Because its heating system has to generate much heat that can penetrate a ceramic glass, its ring requires enough heat to function perfectly.
- This hob is made of ceramic which is quite fragile and cracks easily.
Induction Hobs Pros and Cons
The Induction hob is a totally different type of hob system from the halogen cooktop as it generates its heat through electromagnetism to cook meals. These types of hobs are flat and smooth and can be available in different sizes and shapes. The size, shape, and different cooking features of this cooktop depend on the model and make of the induction hob.
This cooktop’s surface is made from heat resistant ceramic glass called black glass although this is not the only type of glass on all induction hobs as you can see some models with white or silver-colored glass.
This hob is designed to come with a touch button control for changing the cooking power level and zone. You would also see more advanced models with large touch screen controls or twist pads for handling the heat control.
Pros and Cons of an Induction Hob
Here is a look at the advantage and disadvantage induction hobs have over other types of hobs
- Easy to clean
- Modern, stylish and energy-efficient
- Has a control for adjusting the heating system
- Safe to touch as they don’t heat up except a pan is placed on them
- Comes with a boost function that’s efficient for boiling
- Cost much more than ceramic or gas cooktop
- Doesn’t emit open flames
- Doesn’t work on pans without a magnetic base
- Creates a humming noise when heating up making it noisier than other hobs
- Doesn’t retain heat so it won’t cook your food if the power goes out
Are Halogen Hobs Still in Use?
Improvement in the burner technology has seen halogen hobs replaced with induction hobs because people consider it to be more superior and truthfully it is. If you want to change your cooktop, it is advisable you go for an induction hob.
These are the basic details of the halogen hob. They’re still very much in use but you may find them hard to see in certain markets such as in some European countries.